Following today's decision by the Community College System of New Hampshire board of trustees to freeze tuition, Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement:
"From the start of the budget process, we set out to restore the deep cuts made by the last legislature to our community colleges in exchange for a tuition freeze that would make a higher education more affordable for more Granite Staters, and I applaud the leadership of the Community College System of New Hampshire for their quick action.
"Our community colleges are developing innovative, nimble and cutting-edge programs to educate our citizens and provide them with the skills they need to secure high-quality jobs. By aligning their programs with the needs of innovative businesses that are already here and looking to hire, our colleges are helping to place students in good jobs that can support middle class families. And by responding to the industries that are growing across our state, region and nation, the system is helping to attract new companies to keep our economy strong.
"With this tuition freeze, we will help more of our people afford this critical education in order to build a stronger workforce, support innovative businesses and create good jobs that will lead to a bright economic future for all."